Mahler Forum

for Music
and Society

für Musik
und Gesellschaft

Imagine a work so great that the whole world is actually reflected therein – one is, so to speak, only an instrument upon which the universe plays.

Gustav Mahler was far more than a composer; his music goes beyond sounding art as it indeed explores the human condition. His magnificent works reveal a human being who struggles with some of life's key questions: What is life about? How can we understand death? Who are we and how can we deal with identity and the need to belong? What can music, art, and culture accomplish?

This is the inspiration for the Mahler Forum for Music and Society, a locally based and globally connected culture format. In cooperation with the Mahler Foundation and other international and national musicians, artists, scientists and authors, the Mahler Forum provides an open, interdisciplinary platform to examine the central issues of our time from the perspective of music and art.

Initiated by Felicitas Thun-Hohenstein und Morten Solvik in 2021, the first Mahler Forum for Music and Society explored the ambivalent, often contradictory relationship between culture and nature, humankind and environment.

The second Mahler Forum for Music and Society, titled A Room of One's Own – Creativity and Space will take place from July 1-2, 2022 and will explore the time-honoured cultural technique of the artist retreat. This year's theme of creativity and inspiration, particularly in spaces of retreat, is conceptually rooted in Gustav Mahler's Composing Hut in Maiernigg at the Wörthersee.


Mahler Forum for Music and Society

Board of Directors

President: Felizitas Thun-Hohenstein
Vice-President: Morten Solvik
Secretary: Andreas Krištof
Deputy Secretary: Katharina Boesch
Auditor: Claudia Onitsch
Auditor Deputy: Michael Koschier

Artistic Advisory Board

Thomas Hampson, Ulrike Sych